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Wisdom Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wisdom Ferry ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Wisdom Ferry (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Wisdom Ferry. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Wisdom Ferry ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wisdom Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wisdom Ferry, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wisdom Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Wisdom Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wisdom Ferry.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Wisdom Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Wisdom Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wisdom Ferry.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Wisdom Ferry, with the one closest to Wisdom Ferry listed first.

East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wisdom Ferry
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wisdom Ferry
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wisdom Ferry
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Wisdom Ferry
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wisdom Ferry
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wisdom Ferry
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,865 people in 2016)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wisdom Ferry
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Wisdom Ferry
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,277 people in 2016)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wisdom Ferry
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Wisdom Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wisdom Ferry in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Wisdom Ferry is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

Below are the counties that are near Wisdom Ferry. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Wisdom Ferry:

Etowah     (The home county for Wisdom Ferry)
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Wisdom Ferry, see our County-by-County Page for Wisdom Ferry.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Wisdom Ferry:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wisdom Ferry. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Wisdom Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wisdom Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wisdom Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0101, Longitude: -85.9980     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wisdom Ferry have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Wisdom Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wisdom Ferry.